Companion

by surrender884

As I shut the door of my truck this morning I asked God to let others see Him in me.                                                                                                                                                                                               There we all were, two lanes of traffic during morning rush hour stopped on a major highway leading to Tulsa. All of the miles of stopped vehicles would have to merge into one lane eventually.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As we began to see signs indicating left lane closed ahead signs, those in the left lanes were watching for openings to merge right.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Being the good Samaritan I intended to be that day and most days really I slowed to let a number of vehicles merge ahead of me to the right lane. All along the thought was we all should do this.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not many times during my workday do I interact with others.  Not because I am a loner but because my duties don’t require it. I am an underground lines locator. If you saw me I would be painting red lines indicating power is buryed there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Today though when I would stop to purchase a drink in the store a smile was plastered across my face. Each and every person would smile back when we exchanged greetings at the counter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I knew today that God had heard my prayer and answered it in a profound way. I had just left a construction area were my work had taken me. There by the curb off the street was a man holding a cardboard sign. Something about him was different than most panhandlers. This guy’s sign read in colorful letters “SMILE”. I had to meet him no doubt. Pulling into the parking lot I gestured for him to come to me. As everyday I carry more then I need in my lunch box.                                                                                                                                             We exchange greetings at my trucks window. I am smiling and he is too. I say to him take this apple because I don’t give cash and in return he hands me a business card. The card says, Off the Street Foundation. It further states, Simple People, simply helping people. On the back of the card is a quote from Mother Teresa,  ” It’s not how much we give, it’s how much love we put into giving”.                                                                                                                                                       My prayer for Him to work through me was granted. He was and is my companion day in and day out. Today He was my copilot.